The 2017 American Music Awards brought together music legends, rising talent, an internationally beloved boy band and strange collaborations. Here are some of our favorite moments from the 2017 AMAs in chronological order.
Diana Loves DJ Khaled
After winning an award, DJ Khaled shouted out Diana Ross for covering “All I Do Is Win” at her concerts. Wait, what? Yep, turns out the Supremes legend has been covering DJ Khaled, and we are happy to be aware of this unlikely, bizarre and totally incredible reality.
Keith Loves Shawn
Jamie Foxx’s daughter singing along to Shawn Mendes was cute, but it’s not a surprise that someone her age knows “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” More surprising, however, was watching Keith Urban prove he knows every word of Mendes’ latest smash.
Selena Gomez Bleeds
For her Marshmello collab “Wolves,” Selena Gomez had easily the most creative stage dressing of the night. Done up to look like she’d been hit by a car in the middle of an eerie, woodsy intersection, Selena was lit by the headlights of an idling car while mists and dancers swirled around her. With fake blood dripping from her tousled hair and Marshmello pounding the drums, it was a riveting, strange performance that stuck with you after they’d left the stage.
Portugal Feeling It, Still
Portugal. The Man brought an extensive musical entourage to the AMAs to deliver their crossover hit “Feel It Still,” putting an emphasis on musicianship vs. theatrics. At the end of the performance, the screen behind them invited the entire audience to join the band for a drink after the show at the Wilshire.
“Stay” Goes Chic
With Zedd on the piano and Alessia Cara in a chic gown, they brought a string-laden version of “Stay” to the AMAs. It was an astonishing vocal showcase for the young talent, proving her live chops are only getting better.
Khalid and Dragons Roar